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Since the moment Gabrielle was swaddled and brought to us we began calling her Houdini, because even with the nurses wrapping her tightly she somehow always managed to get her arms out of the blanket. Then we started to put mitts on her hands (which we quickly changed to socks) to prevent her from scratching her face. Of course the moment we wrapped her in a blanket she had the mitts off again. The nickname quickly stuck and has been very appropriate since day one.

A few new moms advised me to invest in a Miracle Blanket. They told me it is a "miracle" how helpful the blanket is in calming an upset baby. Luckily I was given a Miracle Blanket as a baby shower gift. As soon as we got home from the hospital we began using the blanket. The Miracle Blanket basically ties each arm down with a piece of fabric, then place the baby's legs in a pocket, and finally wrap the blanket tightly around the baby. After demonstrating how the blanket works Michael informed me that Miracle Blanket is a euphemism for baby straight jacket. Once Gabby is swaddled in the blanket you hear her struggle and grunt trying to free her arms. Michael and I joked that she would officially become Houdini once she could free herself from the baby's version of a straight jacket. On April 13, 2010 my less than one month old baby girl mastered one of Houdini's greatest tricks... she freed herself (or at least an arm) from the baby straight jacket, without any of Houdini's tricks just pure determination. Today Gabby freed her legs from the pocket. Now if only she could combine the two efforts....Don't worry she has her daddy's persistence and will eventually free herself completely. I will continue to update you with Houdini's newest magic acts.


King Amy said…
that is hilarious!

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